School turns pink for woman fighting breast cancer

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Sonya Tatum rarely misses a day of work. Those who know her say you would never know she is battling stage four breast cancer.

Tatum says she is in the fight of her life, but she is not alone. There is a lot of support for her.

They were pink fire trucks, a bouquet of flowers and other gifts were all special deliveries for Sonya Tatum.

Tatum is a receptionist at Stewart Middle School. She is battling Stage 4 breast cancer, but she is not alone. Her school, and now an entire community is behind her.

"I just can't believe all this is for me," said Tatum.

With drummers cheering her on, Tatum autographed the fire truck, joining hundreds of thousands of women in the fight against breast cancer.

"It means that I'm a part of a group, and if they made it, I know I can make it also," said Tatum.

As she climbed up into the pink truck, there were more cheers and Tatum was all smiles.

Tatum is not alone in her battle.

"With the support of my family and all these people today, I've been good," she said. "I haven't been crying, but y'all are making me cry! But, I've been really good."

Her mother, Carolyn Whitaker, is overwhelmed.

"I can't describe how I felt," said Whitaker. "It was just a good feeling to know that they care and know that she's come this far and she's going to make it."

Tatum's youngest son, Colin, 8, said his mom would do this for anyone in her shoes.

"I think she's a loving person and cares about all people," said Colin.

There are few words to describe the energy, love and support as a school turns pink for one woman.

"I will never forget this day ever. Ever," said Tatum. "I feel so special. I feel so blessed and I am truly happy."

There are more than 300,000 signatures on those pink trucks.

Tatum said she is not ready to give up her fight.

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